Herbs & Supplements for Stress Relief
Stress. We both need it and loathe it at the same time. Yet life is inherently stressful and has been since the beginning of time. While we are no longer running from saber-toothed tigers, there are paper tigers everywhere. And our bodies, as intelligent as they are, do not distinguish between real tigers and paper tigers. A tiger is a tiger. And our nervous systems are ingeniously designed to fight or run the heck away. And run they do. It seems the question of the hour is how to reduce stress or at least how to handle stress better. Banyan Botanicals has your back with certified organic and sustainably sourced calming herbs, adaptogenic herbs, and a wide array of stress relief products.
How Does Stress Affect the Body?
Stress plays a fascinating role in the physiology of the body. Basically, we are designed to survive. In the face of stress, those bodily functions which are not absolutely necessary for survival in that moment, are inhibited or shut off, like digestion. It does not matter if your food gets digested or not if you are being chased by a saber-toothed tiger. What matters is that your large muscle groups get lots of blood and oxygen, allowing them to work harder and run faster, climb a tree if you have to. This response is influenced by our primary stress hormones adrenaline, norepinephrine, and cortisol. And this is where the effects of stress get a little more complicated. If we are always running from real or paper tigers, when do our bodies get the opportunity to rest and restore? If our digestion is always compromised due to our hectic, stressful lifestyle, when do our bodies get the adequate nutrition they need to build and regenerate new tissue? Or do they stay in a state of hyperalertness, preparing for the next tiger? For a more detailed reading of the mechanics of stress and tips for stress management, you will greatly enjoy our Ayurvedic Guide to Stress Management.
How to Reduce Stress
Fortunately, though we may not be able to eliminate all of life’s stressors or occasional anxiety, we have options. We have choices and lifestyle practices to help alleviate some of the effects of our busy, stressful lives. And we have herbs—plants that humans have used for thousands of years to help calm the body and the mind. In the Banyan collection of Ayurvedic herbs and supplements, we have a broad variety of herbal stress relief. Ashwagandha is a widely popular adaptogenic. It is both vitalizing and nourishing, promoting strength and restful sleep. Stress Ease tablets utilize ashwagandha along with many other adaptogenic herbs, including brahmi/gotu kola and kapikacchu, to create a truly balancing and supportive formula to help cope with stress. And any one of our herbal oils would be a valuable addition for stress relief along with the practice of self-massage, or abhyanga. This profoundly grounding and gratifying practice is instrumental in calming the body and the mind. Try Vata Massage Oil to soothe vata dosha or Sleep Easy Oil and the calming influence of bhringaraj, jasmine, and chamomile flowers at the end of your day.
Along with herbs and dietary supplements, there are hugely beneficial lifestyle practices to try. Five valuable suggestions for stress relief include:
- Slow down (Literally, stop running)
- Indulge in Quality Self-Care (Like self-massage)
- Commit to a Daily Routine (Operative word, commit)
- Quiet the Mind-Body Organism (Breathe)
- Eat a Supportive Diet (Baked-potato, not potato chips)
Read more on our Ayurvedic Guide to Stress Management! It could change your life!
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